AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Six straight wins over arch-rival Alabama has earned Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville a bigger paycheck, although not the $4 million 'Bama is giving Nick Saban.
Tuberville agreed to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $2.8 million next season, a figure that will rise by $200,000 annually until it escalates to $3.8 million in the final year, 2013.
The deal, announced in a statement last night, was reached earlier in the day with athletic director Jay Jacobs while they were in New York City for the College Football Hall of Fame banquet.
The announcement silenced talk that Tuberville might bolt to Arkansas, which has a vacancy and is Tuberville's home state. He also had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Texas A&M vacancy.
The contract includes a buyout that will be at $6 million in 2008, $5 million in 2009 and $4 million after that if Tuberville leaves for another job or is fired.
Tuberville is 79-33 in nine seasons at Auburn. The Tigers face Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31st at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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